Because BAG IT was so popular and well attended a few weeks ago, we have decided to continue offering Tuesday night films on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The films we will show will hopefully generate discussion of some of the challenges we are facing in the 21st century and what, as a community, we might be able to do about it. And because we don’t want to be depressing and disturbing every month, we’ve thrown in a few lighter ones like Babies and Pop & Me.
The 11th Hour (Nov 30th)
This documentary from well known activist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio examines the state of the global environment with renewed energy in the wake of recent natural disasters. Included are interviews with over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss their visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planets beleaguered ecosystems.
Babies (Dec 28th)
A visually stunning and joyful new film that simultaneously chronicles the lives of four of the world’s newest human inhabitants – in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo, respectively — from first breath to first steps, on a journey at once universal and amazingly original.
Countdown to Zero (Jan 25th)
This film traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. The film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today.
How to Cook Your Life (Mar 29nd)
In this charming and enlightening film a Zen priest and a famous chef teach us how we connect food to the way we live our lives. The chef uses Zen Buddhism to teach about the problem of the disconnection from the physical world and how when you cook you give yourself the capacity to feel human again.
One Peace at a Time (Apr 26th)
Activist Turk Pipkin continues his global journey of knowledge in action with a goal to create a virtual roadmap to a better future by focusing on specific solutions in these troubled times. Join Pipkin as he chronicles the model Indian orphanages of The Miracle Foundation, family planning initiatives with Thailand’s Mechai Viravaidya, Ethiopian water projects with A Glimmer of Hope and Architecture for Humanity’s global design challenge for communities in need in the Himalayas, the Amazon and the slums of Nairobi.
Pop & Me (May 31st)
Richard Roe and his son Chris embark on a 26-country journey around the world. While dealing with the strain this 6-month trek brought to their own relationship, the pair listens with tears in their eyes while a father and son in war-torn Kashmir talk about their love for each other, and interviews fifth and sixth generation father and son gondoliers in Venice’s watery passages. In Monaco, Julian Lennon confides what it was like to be the son of a Beatle. The Roe’s on-the-road footage is interspersed with their home movies from the ’70s, making this a heartfelt exploration of the bonds fathers and sons share.